ARLENE Blencow admits her boxing career has stalled since winning two world titles last year.
However, the 2013 Manning River Times Sportstar of the Year hopes a fight in Washington in late September will provide a kick start.
Blencowe had a busy program mapped out after she beat Daniella Smith to win the WIBA and WBA women's light welterweight crowns in New Zealand in June 2013. There was talk of title defences in Europe and the possibility of exposure to the American market. However since she's had just one fight for the Australian title in February, which she lost to Sabrina Ostowari. She's since been stripped of her titles.
In the meantime Blencowe's had more mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts and she'll fight world number four Faith Van Duin on Saturday in Canberra for two belts including the WKBF Oceania title.
But this will a prelude to Team Blencowe heading to Washington to battle world champion Tori Nelson for the WBA world women's boxing welterweight championship.
Nelson is something of a pioneer in the sport, with 13 fights for 10 wins and three draws. Blencowe's had four professional bouts for two wins and two losses. She concedes by now she expected to have had more contests and agrees things haven't really gone to plan.
Losing her title belts has hurt, particularly because the lack of fights wasn't her fault. But she says the fight against Nelson can change all that.
She'll only arrive in Washington on the Wednesday before the boutbut remains confident that'll be enough time to acclimatise.
"We have to pay for our own flights, but all the accommodation is looked after,'' she said.
Blencowe will also have to fight at 66.5kgs but is comfortable with that. A win over Nelson and a world championship would the the ultimate aim. However, Blencowe adds that a strong performance against Nelson would open up opportunities in the US and this could lead to more contests there.
Blencowe has changed gyms and management. She makes regular trips to Sydney for specialised coaching while she also works at the YMCA Taree Aquatic Centre with strength and conditioning coach Tony Keine. While she now lives in the Laurieton area Blencowe is in Taree most days a week when not training in Sydney, running fitness classes.
She'll continue to dabble in MMA and this will always be part of her training regimen. But she admits if things work out as planned in Washington boxing will become more of her focus.
Blencowe's 31 and is already looking at another sport to conquer.
"I've considered a couple I'd like to try - rowing, even archery,'' she said.
However, wrestling is looming large with a place in the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in her sights.
That's a way in the future. Blencowe has a couple of pressing matters coming up in the next month to concern herself with.